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Attending the School of Theatre and Dance means joining a professional family of experienced
and dedicated faculty, alumni and friends who are leaders in the arts and entertainment industries.

Our alumni are a powerful resource and include regionally and nationally recognized actors and designers such as
Emmy Award winner Jeff Richmond, Tony Award winner Alice Ripley, Dylan Ratell (Chicago the Musical), 
Sabatino Verlezza (RIOULT Dance NY), Kaitlyn Black (Hart of Dixie), Nina Price (Garth Fagan Dance) 
and costume designer Kristine Haag (Scandal, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend). 

Discover Alumni Success Stories

Ken Howard, photo courtesy of SAG-AFTRA

Remembering Alumnus Ken Howard

Ken Howard graduated from Kent State University in 1999 with a Master of Fine Arts in Acting as the School of Theatre and Dance's first returning professional. Howard was elected president of the Screen Actors Guild in 2009. Following SAG's merger with the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists in 2012, a project Howard helped spearhead, he became president of the newly formed SAG-AFTRA. Howard was re-elected president of SAG-AFTRA in 2013 and 2015.